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John Goodman
April 7, 1937 - January 1, 2019


Dr. John Goodman, professor emeritus, Boston University, College of Fine Arts, noted music lecturer and past president of the Sarasota Concert Association passed away at his home in Sarasota on January 1, 2019. John is survived by his sister, Marsha Soloff, and brother-in-law Buddy Soloff, nieces Hilarie Steinzeig and Wendy Bryan, as well as loyal friends.

John Goodman was born in Kansas City, MO to Hershel Goodman and Sally Pollack Goodman. He graduated with honors in 1955 from Southwest High School. He received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees respectively from Northwestern University, the Yale School of Music and Boston University. John majored in music theory and composition. Among his teachers were Elliott Carter, Donald Martino and Gardner Read. He was a member of the faculties of the New England Conservatory of Music and Emmanuel College before assuming his position at Boston University, where he was chairman of the Department of Music Theory and Composition from 1971 to 1988.

John remained at BU for 38 years. He became professor emeritus in 2002 and moved to Sarasota, where he quickly gained prominence as a lecturer and accompanist. His lecture series on music, sponsored jointly by the Selby Library and the Sarasota Music Archive, was particularly popular. John was president of the Sarasota Concert Association from 2005-2013. He was also a member of the board of the Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning (SILL). More recently, John was president of the Sarasota Music Archive.

In 1990, he was commissioned by the Barlow Foundation and the Snowbird Institute to write his second string quartet, which was performed by the Muir Quartet in Salt Lake City, Boston, Austria and Germany. Several of his works have been performed by the contemporary music ensemble, Alea III, including his Fantasy for Violin and Piano, his opera, "The Garden of Flowers," two sets of songs to poetry of Emily Dickinson and a musical, "Simple Simon."

There will be a Celebration of the Life of John Goodman on Saturday, January 26th at 2 p.m. at Plymouth Harbor. Donations in memory of John Goodman can be made to the Sarasota Music Archive, c/o the Selby Library, 1331 First Street, Sarasota, FL34236 or the Sarasota Concert Association, P.O. Box 211, Sarasota, FL 34230.